Using Mylar in Machine Embroidery

Wing Needle Butterflies machine embroidery designs

Mylar adds a gorgeous sparkle to certain design types and Bonnie’s Wing Needle Butterflies are a perfect choice! 

Picture of machine embroidered wing needle butterflies by Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Embroidery designs with open stitching are a perfect way to showcase projects with a bit of glitz. The background of Wing Needle Butterflies is stitched with a wing needle, creating holes surrounded by decorative stitching. Add a satin-stitched border and the planets are in perfect alignment.

A Bit About Mylar

Not all mylar is alike. I used an opalescent mylar that I purchased from a quilt shop. It comes in large sheets, is very thin, clear, tears easily away from stitching, and can be laundered. Mylar balloons are not recommended.

Although there are various colors of mylar, the opalescent is preferred as it takes on the colors of the fabric and thread used. The luminescent effect that it produces is quite lovely.

Stitching Wing Needle Butterflies with Mylar

Picture of wing needle butterflies machine embroidery with mylar at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

The design may look familiar. It was used in the Kitchen Boa project and is quite lovely as it is. Mylar will just add a bit of shine to the background.

Start by hooping your fabric and stabilizer. Place a sheet of mylar over the stitching area and run a basting stitch to hold it in place. The first color requires a wing needle as it stitches the lovely heirloom background.

Close-up picture of machine embroidered wing needle work at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

When stitching is done, change to a regular needle and trim the mylar close to the edge stitching, just as you would with an applique.

Close-up picture of machine embroidered wing needle butterfly at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Other open stitching lines, like those inside the wings, allow the mylar to shine through. If you don't want to use a wing needle, Bonnie has another set called Butterfly Bling that works equally well with mylar.

 Picture of machine embroidered wing needle butterfly at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Continue stitching the design and enjoy the results!

Debbie Henry
Sew Inspired by Bonnie


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  • lauren olde byvank - May 25, 2023

    could you do a chanel camillia flower for machibe embroidery with mylar film please

  • Debbie Henry - July 11, 2022

    Thank you for reading, Christine!

  • Christine Tyler - July 05, 2022

    Very pretty. Really enjoy your tips! 💐

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